Cairo, IL - Cairo Police are adding an officer. He comes all the way from the Czech Republic and is only one year old. He's a Belgium Malinois named 'Argo.'
"This department hasn't had a K-9 in quite some time, at least ten years or more," said Argo's trainer, Cpl. Terry Crowe.
More than a year ago, the department decided to make a drug dog a priority. "The war that we're trying to battle on drugs is just incredible," said Cpl. Crowe. "We have a lot of drugs in this town and he's already helped us out quite a bit." Argo's first bust was made at the Days Inn in Cairo. Police says his nose led them to $57,000 in drug money. Cairo's police department will eventually get about eighty percent of that sum. "He's pretty well paid for himself," said Cpl. Crowe. "He cost us about $1000 on a grant."
Patrolman Danny Brown puts drug evidence in the trunk of this car to demonstrate Argo's skills.